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ERIC Number: ED421775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 19
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The Effect of Decentralisation on the Shared Management Role of the Head of Department in Secondary Schools in England.
Brown, Marie; Boyle, Bill; Boyle, Trudy
This research examines how department heads in (British) secondary schools perceive their management roles and their access to the real decision-making power that occurs outside departmental confines, but within schools. In structured interviews, 30 department heads from 21 schools were encouraged to reflect on opportunities for collegial collaboration, use of cross-departmental planning models, correlation of departmental priorities with whole-school priorities, involvement in whole-school management roles, interrelationship of departmental and school budgets, departmental and whole-school evaluation policies, and related issues. Three distinct patterns of school management styles emerged, ranging from a high commitment to collegial decision making to few opportunities for shared management. Department heads of all three school types said they saw value in cross-departmental collaboration, but were not always asked to contribute meaningfully to extradepartmental planning decisions or to whole-school issues. A majority voiced cynicism about consultation exercises and dialoguing with their senior management team. The headteacher's centrality may impede improvement of school organization. Using the senior management team in more collaborative leadership patterns may extend middle-management team contributions. (Contains 14 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)